Abbeyfeale Sept 14

CHANGE IN MASS TIMES: The 8.15 Mass on Saturday morning will change to 9am from this Saturday on. There will be no Mass at 10am on Monday mornings but instead an evening Mass at 7pm.

CHANGE IN MASS TIMES: The 8.15 Mass on Saturday morning will change to 9am from this Saturday on. There will be no Mass at 10am on Monday mornings but instead an evening Mass at 7pm.

DEATHS: We offer our sympathy to the families of Kate Naughton, 6 St Ita’s Road, Con Lane, Abbeyfeale Hill, James Hartnett Lower Purt, John Dunne, Main Street and USA, Paul Collins, Limerick & Main Street whose funerals took place during the week. May they rest in peace.

CAN ANYONE TELL US WHERE THE WHITE BRIDGE GOT ITS NAME: Dee Dennison, Hon Secretary of Abbeyfeale Anglers has a question that needs answering “We would like to find out how the white Bridge got its name? We are trying to get a bridge built (Anglers) at that location, and the council asked for a history of the bridges down the years. We believe it was built sometime around 1948/49, and was split in a big flood around the end of the eighties or the start of the nineties. The concrete slab was put in the river in 1998/99. Timmy Horgan (Tournafulla) was the foreman for the Council in the placement of the slab.

SEMINAR: ‘OUR YOUTH MATTERS’ A seminar on youth mental health will take place at the Devon Inn Hotel on Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm. There will be four speakers, a question and answers sections and displays from all the relevant authorities. It has been organised by the Abbeyfeale District Initiative in conjunction with Limerick Social Service Council Ltd. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

MUSICAL SOIREE: As part of the Arts w/e in October we are planning a night of Jazz and songs from the musicals with a sprinkling of bluegrass and country. Local artistes including Helen Hausenfus, Riona Curtin, Rebecca Stryker, The Dr. Mick O’Donnell Group, Mike Guinane and Laoise Morrissey will be joined by a Jazz Quartet from Limerick. It’s all happening at the Glorach on Friday night, October 17 starting at 7.30pm with a cheese and wine reception to get us all ‘In the Mood’. Admission just €10. Tickets will be on sale in early October for a night with a different beat.

SAGART PILGRIMAGE: The Bus will travel from the Church Yard on Sunday, September 22 @ 5am to Shannon Airport. Cost €20.

ROARING TWENTIES NIGHT: Steve Smith and family are inviting you to dress up appropriately for a night at the Ploughman on Friday, September 13 in aid of Abbeyfeale Community Development. Prizes for the best outfit. Music and light refreshment. Admission €5.

COACH TO CORK: The Cork Colleges Coach resumes on Sunday, September 15 leaving Listowel 5pm, picking up in Abbeyfeale 5.15pm, Newcastle West 5.40pm and Dromcollogher 6pm. There are two departures from Cork on Fridays at 12.55pm and 6.15pm. Fare €10 each way.

ABBEYFEALE TOWN PARK: The Abbeyfeale Town Park Committee would like to thank Anne Kelly, Tour Na Fulla Free Range Eggs for her donation of some poultry to the park recently. It is an extremely generous gesture and the Town Park Committee & its workers are very grateful to her for it as the poultry & ducks at the Crannog’s are a huge attraction at the ponds for all the kids and adults who visit the park on a daily basis. We would also like to extend a huge Thank You to all our sponsors, Jim O’ Connor & all the FAS workers, the Abbeyfeale Search & Rescue, Sheaf Tossing Competitors, Inter-Pub Soccer Tournament Teams, Ned Gould Catering Services, J.C O’ Connor Sound System, Bill Blythe Tree Carving, Eurosaver, Norma Healy, Irene Aherne & Theresa Halloran @ the Bonnie Baby Competition, everyone who helped out at our Annual Fun Day on Aug 25th, we had tremendous support on the day & lots of entertainment too. Go raibh mile maith agat ar fad.

GRAVEYARD AGM: Reilig Ide Naofa Graveyard AGM on Tuesday, September 17 @ 8pm in Fr Casey’s Clubhouse.

TOWARDS OCCUPATION – PARTICIPATION, PROGRESSION AND POSTIVE MENTAL HEALTH: The Towards Occupation programme will return to Abbeyfeale at the end of September and new members are invited to join. Based in the old tech, and running on two mornings per week for eight weeks, the focus for the autumn programme will be on crafts, with a number of workshops based on traditional and modern hand-crafts. Body and soul will be well tended with on-going fitness and nutrition sessions with Theresa, and confidence and communication skills workshops with Denis. Please call Finn on: 087 759 1951 or 069 61316 if you would like any other details.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The Legion of Mary is travelling to Knock on Sunday, September 29 next. Tickets for the coach are €20 and payable in advance from Sean Broderick, Bernard Broderick or Peg Murphy.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA NEWS: Local girl, Helena Quinn daughter of Tadgh and Kathleen Quinn, Purt travelled last week from her home in London to spend two months working with Fr. Tim Galvin on his mission in Sudan. She plans to keep us updated on her blog and in her latest posting says; “Hujambo from Nairobi. The world we live in is really a magnificent place. We left London crossing Europe, we flew over the Alps, across the Mediterranean and then the Sahara. I arrived here safely late on Tuesday night and since then have found myself in the most hospitable and enjoyable of company.” You can follow her adventures on

CALLING ALL BLOOD DONERS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be holding a blood donor clinic at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, on Tuesday and Wednesday this week from 6pm-9pm.

GROW: A free four week course is starting on Tuesday, September 17 at 7.30pm in the Clarion Hotel, Limerick Tel 1890474474. Week 1: Tuesday September 17; Understanding your Mental Health/ What Threatens your Mental Health, Week 2: Tuesday September 24; Resilience. Week 3: Tuesday October 1 Managing Stress and Anxiety, Week 4: Tuesday October 8 How GROW Works.

SUE RYDER: Books continue to cost only 20 cents each. We have now started to stock fantastic autumn and winter stock, but still have our summer 50 cent rail for some end of season bargains! We are always delighted to receive donations of clothing, footwear, bags, working toys and bric a brac. We regret that we are unable to recycle old duvets, pillows, broken toys or electrical items.Thank you for your continued support.

A DARE TO SURVIVE: Adare to Survive is a 7.5km military style obstacle course taking place in Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Adare, Co Limerick on Sunday, September 29. Cliona’s Foundation which provides financial assistance to the families of critically ill children is the charity partner and participants are invited to Endeavour | Endure | Enjoy a unique physical and mental challenge, individually or part of a 4 person team, to raise funds for a charity or club of their choice. Full details, including registration is on the event website

BRIDGE: The secretary of the Abbeyfeale club has been in touch to say that the club will be resuming on Thursday, September 12 at 8pm sharp and I was asked to emphasise sharp. New members are always welcome and old members cannot be done without. Further information 068 31119.

ABBEYFEALE ARTS ASSEMBLY: Sunday, October 13 Afternoon Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s with the Seamus Sheehy Band – a fundraiser for the AAA to help with the running of the weekend. Thursday, October 17; Launch of weekend at Abbeyfeale Library with Art/Photography/Craft Exhibition 8pm. Free admission, finger food, all welcome. Friday, October 18; 10am – 2pm Food and Craft Fair in the Square. 7.30pm Musical Soiree at the Glorach featuring Jazz, ragtime and songs from the musicals performed by the cream of Abbeyfeale musical talent. Cheese and wine reception at 7.30pm. Admission €10. Saturday, October 19; 11am Hope to have another walk around the town discussing the architecture and history of the town – not confirmed. 8pm; All welcome to the Winners Circle to the 21st anniversary showing of ‘Back home’. Free admission. Refreshments will be served. Please take note that it’s been decided to hold the school reunion at Miss Woulfe’s on Sunday afternoon rather than Saturday at 2pm. Afternoon tea served with the compliments of Denis and Merce Hobson. Sunday 8pm; Drama & poetry evening in the GAA clubhouse featuring a variety of Abbeyfeale poets and players. Scenes from 5 plays will be enacted along with rehearsed readings and original poetry recitals. Tickets €5.

BUS TO PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS: A bus will travel to Ratheniska, Co. Laois on Wednesday, September 25. Fare €30, students €20 - payable on booking seat. Further information from Peg on 068 31232.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH NOTES: ‘The place where we all feel valued, welcomed and can take our place’. Parish office 11-1pm Tuesday-Friday 068 31133. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425, Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 Console 061-306792. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. Counselling Appointment 061/314213.Church 068/51915, Accord 069/61000 NCW, John O’Shea P.P.: Tel: 068 - 31157 Mobile: 087 – 9708282, Micheál Liston A.P.: Tel: Mobile : 087 – 2314804, C.M.A.C. Counselling: 069 - 61000 - Limerick 061 – 313287, Cura: Limerick 061 71318207 Tralee: 066 27355. Mass Tuesday – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass Monday at 7pm, Mass on Saturday 11am followed by Confessions, Vigil Mass 7pm, Sunday 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass intentions; Wednesday 10am Moss & Joan Fitzgerald, Ballaugh. Saturday 7pm Frank Collins, Banard 1st Anniversary. Sunday 9.30am Jack Joe & Bridget & Mossie Foley, The HillJohn Broderick, Purt. 12noon Mary Lane, Ballaugh, Kathleen Lane, Ballaugh. Adoration Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6-8pm Tuesday and Friday 10-10pm. Under the data protection laws, priests no longer have access to the patient lists in any of the hospitals. Priests have no way of knowing when someone from their parish is in hospital. It is now the responsibility of family members and relatives, if they require a visit to let the priest of their parish know who is in hospital.

SET DANCING CLASSES AROUND WEST LIMERICK: The adult set dancing classes resumes in Monagea Community Centre on Thursday, September 12at 8.30pm. All are welcome and beginners and advanced dancers will be catered for. Classes resume in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West on Tuesday 17th September at 8.30pm

RUN OR WALK: Duagh Tidy Towns is holding a 10k run and walk on Saturday, October 5. Registration takes place in the church car park from 10.30- 11.30am with the start at Springmount at 12 noon. Runners, joggers, walkers and families are welcome. Entry is €15 and children are free. There will be refreshments in the church car park at the end of the event. Everyone is welcome to take part and to come along and support. Further details on Duagh Tidy Towns Facebook page

RECOVERY HAVEN: Le Cheile-Bereavement Peer Support Group (Coffee Morning 10.30am-12pn) every 2nd & 4th Mon of the month. Next Mon 9th Sept will include a talk on Household Safety & Security. Gynaecological Support Group- 2nd Monday every month.

‘’FOR ONE WEEK ONLY’’: Josephine Hannon O’Connor writes “ The ceili class at the GAA club in Abbeyfeale will take place on this Thursday night September 12. The class will then return to Wednesday nights as usual. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Set dance classes for beginners will take place in the Con Corbert memorial hall Athea starting October 24. Further information from 087-9267037.”

TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting of new season of West Limerick Toastmasters Wednesday, September 18 at the Desmond Complex from 8.30pm – 10.30pm. If your priorities include learning Communication and Leadership skills at your own pace, developing self confidence and making new friends then Toastmasters could be for you. New members are always welcomed. Congratulations to the first time speakers at the first meeting especially Margaret Collins. For further information contact Donnacha on 086 8494505.

COMMUNITY GARDEN: The sale of produce in aid of Trocaire took place at last Sunday’s Masses. We raised €405 which will be used to help the misfortunate people in war torn Syria. A huge thank you to Helga and Norbert Henn who donated several boxes of vegetables, Bridie O’Shea for her gorgeous geraniums, Margaret and James McKenna for vegetables, Mairead Daly for apples and Anna and Morgan Costello for jams. Thanks too to our helpers on the day; Mary McGill, Bridie Scully Collins, Teresa O’Connell and Margaret and James McKenna. We are very sorry to have to say goodbye to our Tus worker Margaret McKenna who has over the past year transformed the garden but thankfully her son James is going to continue as he has done for the last year volunteering at the garden. Welcome to our new Tus workers who are taking over from Margaret -Amy Mulcahy and John Casey – you have large shoes to fill lads!

ORAL HISTORY INITIATIVE: West Limerick Resources will be running an Oral History Training Initiative this autumn. Training will consist of two elements. Participants will develop Oral History Interviewing techniques as well as examine the legal and ethical issues relevant to gathering Oral History. The second element of the training will focus on digital voice recording and editing techniques. Training will also explore how oral history can contribute to the local heritage of communities and identify suitable ways of showcasing their research. Training is expected to begin in October and to run one evening per week for 10 weeks. The course is free of charge and open to people living in the West Limerick area. To register for the programme contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email

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